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Sneak peek at upcoming crafting projects – 14th century hood with daggings, nailbinded cap & 16th century belt pouch

I just got together some of the materials for my next crafting projects and thought you would enjoy a sneak peek at them:

Sneak peek at upcoming crafting projects - 14th century hood with daggings, nailbinded cap & 16th century belt pouch

Yes, besides the 12th century clothing project for my dear sweetheart, for our 12th century wedding at the great Gulf Wars event next year in Mississippi, I am also having joy with planning some more or less “small” side projects.

Among some other small side projects, I am going to make a 14th century hood with daggings and embroidery for a beautiful lady and good friend of mine. Furthermore I will also make at least one other nailbinded cap and a 16th century belt pouch. Yes, my near future is filled with many interesting crafting projects. And I am very looking forward to make all of them… 🙂

The beautiful wool fabric, which my dear friend provided for her hood, is already prewashed and ready for the next step. But before I can cut it, I still have to also prewash the lovely silks she gave me for the lining and the applique embroidery.


The blue wool is very lovely, isn’t it. And I think it will look even better as soon as hand-sewed the hood and lined it with the white silk. My friend even found some lovely brown and green silk for the applique embroidery for her hood, which I can use as I see fit for this project.

We have not discussed all details of the project yet but as far as I know by now, it will definitely involve daggings at the bottom and a nice band of roses. We also talked about a nice embroidery for the front which might involve some horses worked in “raised silver work” embroidery. However, I promise to take many pictures of this project for you as soon as I start it.


And now to the lovely wool which I brought back from the Beech Bend Farmers Market yesterday. I got it from one of the local farmers here in Bowling Green – Peacefield – who has a stand at the Beech Bend Farmers Market. The farmer liked the nailbinded snood, which I was wearing, and the nailbinded cap, which I just made for my sister, so much that he gave me this wool to make a nailbinded cap for him.

As soon as the cap is finished I will either get more of his wool thread like you can see on the picture above or some of his raw wool. I haven’t decided yet what I would like for it in exchange but I really like the idea to try my hand on spinning. My sister Noel already told me that I can borrow her spindle for it. 🙂

And last but not least the shiny treasure which arrived this week at my home:


A lovely reproduction of a copper purse frame of a 16th century purse on display at the Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer in Vienna, Austria. So shiny and pretty! 🙂

My friend Greig, from Rockett’s Forge and Brass Works, enjoyed some of my museum pictures so much, that he decided to reproduce this beautiful purse frame and to give it to me as a present so that I can play with it and complete it. What a lovely and pretty surprise! 🙂

After some evaluation of the frame, Greig and I decided that we need some small alterations to the frame to make it work. Therefore I will send it back to him as soon as possible. Yes, this is sometimes the most difficult part of a project. Especially when you can just see the outside details and have no clue of the “mechanism” on the inside.

Well, we had to put some thinking into it and also to consult many different photos of other similar purses to find a way how to make the purse frame work. Unfortunately it is not enough to just put some fabric on a purse frame – you also need to find out how to attach it properly and to make it look and work right.

As soon as I get the purse frame back with all alterations, I can tell you if our assumptions about the purse frame details are right or not. I really can’t wait to get it back and to mount the fabric on it. 😀

Many thanks to Greig from Rockett’s Forge and Brass Works for providing me with this great 16th century purse frame reproduction – it is such a lovely, inspiring and challenging project. I am sure that it will cost me some sleepless nights until I figured out how to make it work but it is definitely worth it! 😀

Best regards Racaire